JUSTICE FOR TENANTS IMPOVERISHED BY WELFARE “REFORM”

Benefit tales

This letter is published by the Church Times this morning

LONDON BISHOPS AND CLERGY URGED SHOUT FROM THEIR COMFORTABLE ROOF TOPS FOR JUSTICE FOR TENANTS IMPOVERISHED BY WELFARE “REFORM”

Sir, – I live on my pension in Tottenham. Thanks to Queen Anne’s Bounty, a generous laity, and taxpayers through Gift Aid, plus the skilled exploitation of a free market by the capitalist Church Commissioners, I am secure till the end of my life, paying 25 per cent of my gross pension to them for a two-bedroom terraced house.

The bishops and clergy of the diocese of London live in church property rent- and council-tax-free. We are surrounded by insecurity of tenure and the innocent suffering of the tenants of local councils and social housing. The injustice is self-evident.

Typical cases are a single mother with two young children placed in sub-standard private temporary accommodation in Tottenham; the flat is…

View original post 330 more words